South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has been criticised for posing for photos with strangers despite telling people to keep their distance to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Mr Ramaphosa joking about breaking social distancing rules after two women asked him for the photo.

He is heard saying “come, before we get arrested”, prompting laughter.

On Sunday the country reported 1,160 new coronavirus infections – the highest daily numbers yet.

South Africa has had some of the strictest lockdown measures in the world, including a ban on cigarettes and alcohol, but is now easing some restrictions.

The country has the highest number of cases of Covid-19 in Africa – 15,515, with 264 deaths.

However, Egypt and Algeria have had more fatalities, with more than 500 each.

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